Music: 2016 in review

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And just like that it’s 2017, and even more scarily, my 10th last.fm anniversary. I honestly can’t believe I joined it a decade ago.

Though I don’t spend much time on the site these days I still find the stats and graphs fascinating, athough I never judge my favourites of the year by the data alone, it really does come down to overall impression of the music over number of plays.

So herewith is a roundup of my favourite music of 2016.

Tiger Lou  Kent  Wild Beasts
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Stone Jets at Cafe Roux

Wed 28 December 2016

My last gig shoot of 2016 was really lovely – the Stone Jets put on a great show at Cafe Roux in Shortmarket street. It was my first time at the recently opened city counterpart to the Noordhoek venue and I really enjoyed the vibe. I always struggle shooting seated events especially where people are eating bit generally everyone felt pretty relaxed and I didn’t feel overly stressed about getting in the way.

The show itself was great too – the Stone Jets get better each time I see them and have a great stage presence, where any awkwardness becomes charming and funny. All in all a really great night and a perfect gig to cap off 2016.

Here are some shots from the night.

Stone Jets  Stone Jets

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Dangerfields, Caelo and Echo Beach at Manila Bar

Thurs 1
December
2016

First Thursdays are really not my favourite. December’s was a goodie though – Dangerfields and Caelo, two of my favourite newcomers of the year, played a great show at Manila but it was even newer-newcomers Echo Beach (though they’re technically a bit of a super group) who stole the night for me.

Dangerfields

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Taxi Violence & Southern Wild at Mercury

Fri 25
November
2016

Taxi Violence are making a return after a pretty long absence and played a show at Mercury at the end of November. Here are some shots from the night.

Taxi Violence  Southern Wild

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RIP Monzi cat

Sun 4
December
2016

Ah Monzi Cat. So close to your 18th birthday and just a week after Livvie. Our three oldest cats lost in the same year. But this is the one that really hurts. The thing I’ve been dreading at every sign of old age you showed. The thing that made me hold you even tighter at night. The thing that made me remind you every day that you had to make it to 20, that was the deal. The thing that finally and suddenly happened and now you’re gone there’s just nothing. This vast nothing in my life where you used to be. We spent over 14 years together, more than half of my lifetime. All that time and all that love, it’s too much to think about. There aren’t words for this kind of devastation. Three days of crying and still the tears keep coming. I feel like they’ll never truly stop. And you held on so tightly, even though I tried to tell you it was okay, forget the deal, you can sleep now. Still you refused, you were always so brave and so strong. My sweet girl, I’ll love you and miss you forever.

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